Model railway diorama

Eric has been in touch with a wonderful model railway diorama.

And have a look at his weatering work too:

“Dear Al,

Here are some pictures to illustrate the work I’m doing here in Belgium. Actually I’m planning a small portable layout based on the GWR in early 1944 (with US & British troops waiting for D-Day).

But I already have done several dioramas based on the Belgian Railways prototype. Photographs shows a diorama of a Belgian Railways goods shed (with interior details)

Also, you’ll find pictures of a scratchbuilt Belgian Railways signal box (who could be found in Liège) with the interior fully detailed (model now displayed on my club layout)

The last pictures shows the weathering I’ve done to my Airfix BR “Royal Scot” steamer and two “Hogwarts Express” based LMS coaches from Märklin.

You can publish them on your website, just indicate that the models were made by Eric Sainte, from the Liege’s Train Fan Association (ALAF Asbl) in Belgium.

Best regards,


P.S. : If you’d like, I can send you an article about how I weathered the Marklin LMS coaches and my Airfix steam locomotive in PDF format (I’d just have to translate it in English)”

Model railway diorama

Model railway diorama

Model railway diorama

Model railway diorama

Amazing pics, Eric, I’d love to see your weathering guide!

“Hi Al, few picture for you , just a couple of handy tips , a piece of garden trellising from the big D.I.Y. Store , cut a few cuts off, and ready made Logs , for the log carriers , then a new light for the buffers , it just clips on to the rail DCC or DC and it light up and at only £4 , If any use to you pick out which could be useful, will post a video within the next week or two featuring these two new additions




A few weeks ago, someone suggested using real rust for modeling rust. He suggested scrapping it off of some rust metal he had found laying around.

A better way is to take some fine steelwool and soak it in plain vinegar for a few minutes than remove it, apread it out and let it sit for 12 – 48 hours. All of the steel wool will turn into rust which easily crumbles into rust dust. This works well in the desert in Phoenix, Arizona. I assume that it will work even better for people who have relative humidities in the high two digit range.


“Hi Al,

See attached images, recycled tracks used for modelling.
Hope you like it.


“hi Alister i have been working on my laout for a year all my pics are work in process i have many more thats if you want them the cemetry is made from ice lolly sticks i an trying to keep it as a Welsh theme.

All the best from Gwilym”

A big thanks to Eric for sharing his model railway diorama – and to Gwilym too.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

If you’d like to share something, just hit reply to any of my mails to get in touch. I’d love to hear from you.

Don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if you want to get going on your own layout.



PS Have you had a look at the new ebay cheat sheet yet?

2 Responses to Model railway diorama

  1. george zaky says:

    Really nice work on the trains. The control house is amazing.
    The lights are very nice & the logs are real. Is the DIY store open on Sunday?
    Bruce in the Desert
    There are certain things I never want any where near my trains and that’s steel wool. Had a time where my HO layout was out of commission for a week with a short and as a final last resort I did an instant 120 V across the tracks & with a poof & light the damn steel wool strand vaporized and my trains ran again. I was desperate and never recommend doing this. One has to be so vigilant about anything that can create a short like a strand of wire that you cannot see because a short puts you of business. Make rust with something that doesnt conduct electricity.
    Scale please. I like what I see so far. Pop sticks for headstones- very clever- and that’s what I love the most about this game using stuff people would never know what it was. Kind of like Disney- All fake. Please keep us updated.
    Big Al
    A potpourri of goodies. Danka.

  2. Ralph Berry says:

    Great tips there and very effective.
    If I get to use half o f them my layout will be spectacular.
    A word of warning though, rust is still conductive and can cause unwanted current flow. If you use it, cover it with a layer of Dullcote if it is likely to be near any electrical circuitry.

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